Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC)

The Stanford Prevention Research Center is a research program involving several departments in the School of Medicine. It was created in the late seventies by John W, Farquhar, MD. Its mission is to improve individual and population health by developing and disseminating effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management strategies through interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach.

The center conducts problem-focused research, using mainly experimental methods to test and diffuse disease prevention and control programs. It uses collaboration among a broad array of health professionals and social and behavioral scientists who share a public health or population-level perspective in planning and conducting research.